Ariel Nessel makes a lot of money, and he wants to give away as much of it as he can. So late last year, the 39-year-old Dallas real-estate developer decided to provide a $1,000 grant every day of 2013 and beyond to support individuals’ small, grass-roots efforts.
Mr. Nessel has long been making regular gifts to charities that focused on social justice, animal rights, and promoting plant-based diets. Over the past five years, he says, he gave more than $700,000 in total...
The resulting promise is called The Pollination Project. The mission statement reads, "The Pollination Project believes in the power of ordinary people to do extraordinary things. We make grants to individual change-makers with an idea and a plan to make their community and their world a better place.
Starting January 1, 2013, we give $1,000 seed grants to individual change makers, every day, 365 days a year.
Issues we fund include:
- compassion towards all life (people, planet, animals)
- environmental sustainability
- justice in all of its forms
- community health and wellness
- putting consciousness into action
- social change-oriented arts and culture